13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
A side of tear gas, Hebron.

I was on assignment for AJ+ covering clashes that had broken out in Hebron between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers. Young men were tossing rocks toward a guard tower using slingshots and their hands. Soldiers were responding by firing tear gas canisters. Several blocks away, in an intersection with a market, I came across this booth. I watched the three men calmly place gas masks across their faces and continue to await customers. The scene struck me as so absurd, and yet so much a part of life there, that I asked them to take their photo. I was in the middle of live streaming, so I was holding the cell phone that was broadcasting in my hand while taking a quick shot without adjusting my settings. I fixed the contrast and clarity in post production.

This photo is a finalist in the Travel category of our 13th Annual Photo Contest. See all 70 finalists here.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Hebron, Palestine, State of
Camera: X100S
Copyright: © Shadi Rahimi